Wednesbury Market Place
Client - Sandwell Council
Contractor - Bridge Construction
Wednesbury is a black country town, within the Borough of Sandwell located north west of West Bromwich. Wednesbury Town centre is within a conservation area, featuring a range of 18th and 19th century buildings along with a landmark clock tower. These features have always given the area a strong historic character, though in the 1970’s and 80’s when industry declined and unemployment grew, the town centre become increasing run down.
Sandwell Council have been working together with Historic England, to improve the town centre for both local residents and visitors alike and to put new market stalls back into Market Place . Using Ketley patterned and plain clay pavers to “lift” the space and create a larger multi use event space, they have relocated the open air market to Market Place and created a public event area for the local community.
Ketley clay pavers have been manufactured to the same specification for over 100 years. Their rich distinctive clay colours were widely used in Victorian times in their urban and industrial developments and they suit the character of this conservation area. The natural clay colour of Ketley pavers will not fade over time but will last and continue to add character and interest for future generations.
Staffordshire blue square edged pavers were used to define a wider paved area and further interest was added with star patterned pavers in a brown brindle and diamond chequer pavers in Staffordshire blue.